Made in 1936, "The Song of a Nation" is an historical featurette dramatizing the events that led to Francis Scott Key writing the words to "The Star-Spangled Banner." It stars Donald Wood as Francis Scott Key. The plot begins in Georgetown in 1814 where, lawyer Francis Scott Key believes the government is not doing enough to protect the country from the warring British. He is not afraid to air his views, unpopular amongst the military/political circle in which he... Topics: National Anthem, War 1812, Francis Scott Key
Produced as part of an educational series of films by the Eastman Kodak Company, "Care and Planting of Trees" is a silent movie that dates to 1927. The film features several moments of interest to modern audiences including mass spraying of trees with pesticides.This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in... Topics: Eastman Kodak, educational, film, pesticides, ecology, vintage, classroom
Created in the late 1920s or early 1930s by Philip M. Brown, "A Pilgrimage Through Palestine" borrows its title from a popular book first published in the 1890s. The film travelogue shows views of various cities in British occupied Palestine -- today's State of Israel -- including Nazareth, Jericho, Haifa, Tiberius and more. Mandatory Palestine as it was known, was a geopolitical entity under British administration, carved out of Ottoman Southern Syria after World War I. British... Topics: Israel, Palestine, Mandatory Palestine, Haifa, Dead Sea, Jerusalem, Sea of Galilee, Jericho,...
This wonderful home movie starts with images of a tropical typhoon in Singapore. Then the person who shot it travels to Shanghai. This is China in the year 1938. Foootage includes a river cruise as well as terrific shots of river traffic, bustling streets full of trams and cars, and a great deal of human-powered traffic including rickshaws and sedan chairs. Created just as WWII began to seriously affect the population of China, this film is a time capsule into a lost era.Shanghai is the... Topics: Shanghai, home movies, 16mm, China, Yangtze River
This 1940s travelogue of Sweden shows the country's vast mineral and forestry wealth and industry, while showing its vast scenic beauty. Also shown is the nation's glass, fishing and shipbuilding industries, the cities of Gothenburg and Stockholm, and a number of tourist sites. The film concludes with a visit to a horse race and the colorful Flag Day celebration.Sweden is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe. It borders Norway and Finland, and is connected to Denmark by a bridge-tunnel... Topics: Sweden, Stockholm, Stockholm University, Soccer, Lapland, Forestry, Lumber Products, Lumber,...
Created in the 1940s by Encyclopedia Brittanica, this fascinating travelogue and educational film showcases Western China including Nanking. It is narrated by O.J. Caldwell, who taught at the University of Nanking prior to the Japanese invasion.The film contains unique footage of the Sichuan basin (called "the valley" in the film) and some city scenes shot in Chengdu. The narrator describes the Sichuanese as "people who in time of peace have pursued their placid ways close to... Topics: western China, Bamboo, Nanking, Chengdu, China, Sichuan
Created shortly after the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt as a memorial, this newsreel was shown to U.S. troops overseas as part of the "Army/Navy Screen Magazine". The film shows the President's body leaving Warm Springs and going to Washington by train, and then the funeral parade through the nation's capitol, and ceremonial lying in state, and ends with the body interred at Hyde Park, New York. The film is set to music with the words of the fallen President throughout.... Topics: President Truman, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Newsreel
This home movie dates from the 1930s or 1940s and shows images of Bisbee and Tucson, Arizona. It begins with a drive into Bisbee through Tombstone Canyon, with footage shot through the front of a moving car. The Bisbee "B" is seen at the 2 minute mark, along with the downtown and the Copper Queen Mine. At the 4 minute mark is footage of the San Xavier Mission near Tucson, a saguaro forest, and more. What might be Sabino Canyon is seen at the 10 minute mark, and workers seen... Topics: Home Movies, Tuscon, Bisbee, Arizona, 1930's, San Xavier Mission
Created by the Federal Security Agency in the 1940s, "The Operator and Safety" is a bus driver training film. Featuring a Mack CM-G3 transit bus, the film was shot in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and vicinity around 1941. The bus used in the film, number 1822, was part of the Philadelphia Rapid Transit system.This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film... Topics: Mack bus, Philadelphia, driver training, driver's ed, bus driver, Philadelphia Rapid Transit, stock...
First released in 1956 and presented by Lear, Inc., this 17-minute color film "Sky Sentinels" shows generally how the civilian volunteers of the Civil Air Patrol serve their nation and their neighbors in times of disaster and for Civil Defense. Narrated by Hollywood great Tyrone Power and featuring director Henry King (who was also a Colonel in the Civil Air Patrol), it also shows the role played by the CAP during the 1955 atomic tests in Nevada. Yucca Flats is the scene of a... Topics: William Lear, Tyrone Power, Atomic Tests, Nevada, Civil Air Patrol, Cold War
One of filmmaker Carl Dudley’s fine films "On the Track" is a portrait of America's railroads in the post-World War II era. The film is basically a salute to America, its railroads, and the multitude of trains that criss-cross the nation. Much like Dudley's "Life Line of the Nation", adoration for American railroads abounds with scene after scene of various trains rolling down the tracks. The railroads are depicted as the “symbol of American progress and prosperity for a... Topics: Railroad, train, transportation, America, vintage film
Made in the 1970s, this General Motors corporate film explains some of the supply chain management challenges faced by the company, and the work undertaken to make the delivery of automobiles more efficient and damage-free. The film was made in the wake of a series of complaints by dealers and customers about damage in transit -- either by bad handling on railroads or trucking. GM's new "Logistics Operations" division was tasked with delivering cars as quickly as possible to... Topics: General Motors, Supply Chain Management, Chevy Vega, Container terminal, Container Handling,...
Created in 1961 this historic documentary profiles Admiral Arleigh Albert '31-knot' Burke (October 19, 1901 – January 1, 1996) who distinguished himself during World War II and the Korean War, and who served as Chief of Naval Operations during the Eisenhower and Kennedy administrations. Considered by many to be the father of the modern U.S. Navy, Burke was a sea warrior, strategist, and unparalleled service leader whose impact on the course of naval warfare is still felt today. This short... Topics: U.S. Navy, Arleigh Burke, Eisenhower Administration, Kennedy Administration, Chief of Naval...
Shows the 1945 cruise of the aircraft carrier USS Franklin (CV-13) across the Pacific and into combat. Corsair and Avenger aircraft are shown performing take-offs and landings, on what seems like it will be a 'typical' combat cruise. During combat the Franklin was struck by two armor piercing bombs dropped by a Japanese Zero aircraft. At least one penetrated the flight deck, setting off a series of explosions that crippled the ship. There were over 1000 casulties including 724 KIA. Despite... Topic: U.S. Navy propaganda film.
This silent U.S. propaganda newsreel from World War II was made by Castle Films. It features amazing footage of the air sea battles that raged near the Marshall Islands. Featured ships are: the battleship USS Texas, the submarine USS Wahoo, the cruisers USS San Francisco, and USS Boise. Also includes footage of fleet manuevers of PT Boats, destroyers, aircraft carriers, battleships and L1 and G1 blimps on anti-submarine patrol. evelt is seen meeting with Winston Churchill at the Quebec... Topics: Film, World War II, USS Texas, USS Wahoo, USS Boise, USS San Francisco
U.S. propaganda newsreel from World War II (WWII) featuring amazing footage of the air sea battles that raged near the Marshall Islands. Featured ships are: the battleship USS Texas, the submarine USS Wahoo, the cruisers USS San Francisco, and USS Boise. Also includes footage of fleet manuevers of PT Boats, destroyers, aircraft carriers, battleships and L1 and G1 blimps on anti-submarine patrol. Topic: World War II (WWII) propaganda film.
Shows the rescue of the submarine USS Squalus, SS-192, after an accident caused it to sink off the coast of New England. Featuring the use of salvage and support vessel USS Falcon, whose highly-trained crew saved precious lives using a rescue diving bell. Topic: Resuce of the the USS Squalus
This is a fascinating silent 16mm movie newsreel of the San Francisco World's Fair -- known as The Golden Gate International Exposition. It was held at San Francisco's Treasure Island, and was a World's Fair celebrating, among other things, the city's two newly built bridges. The San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge opened in 1936 and the Golden Gate Bridge in 1937. The exposition opened from February 18, 1939, through October 29, 1939, and from May 25, 1940, through September 29, 1940.The... Topics: San Francisco, World's Fair, Golden Gate Exposition, Yerba Buena Island, 1939, 1940, newsreel
Filmed in the late 1940s, this color home movie shows the city of Santa Monica in that era. Images include City Hall, the famed Santa Monica Pier -- technically the end of Route 66 -- and the beach and harbor. (At this time Santa Monica had a breakwater, that is almost completely invisible today, that allowed boats to anchor near the pier.) Douglas Aircraft Co., the city's biggest employer, is seen at about the 2 minute mark, as well as the Santa Monica Airport. The original version of... Topics: Douglas Aircraft Company, City Hall, Santa Monica Promenade, Sears Roebuck, Third Street Promenade,...
Newsreel footage shows the Kriegsmarine pre-dreadnought, Deutschland class battleship Schleswig-Holstein as it bombards Danzig, Poland during the outbreak of WWII in 1939. The Schlewsig-Holstein was credited with the first shots of World War II. Topic: German newsreel.
See one of the rarest and most intimate films ever made aboard a submarine, as Lieutenant Paul Horn takes his own movie camera onboard the USS Seadragon (SSN-584). This Skate class submarine made a patrol from Pearl Harbor to the chilly waters of the arctic, where it surfaced through the ice pack. Commander Tom Jacobs introduces and narrates the film, which is dedicated to Horn (who sadly passed away a short time after it was made). Topic: Home Movie
Although the main title is missing, this film is likely "Industrial Radiological Decontamination of Ships", a U.S. Navy production from 1951 that shows how the men aboard an aircraft carrier decontaminate their ship in the wake of a passing through a fallout area, the result of an enemy nuclear strike.This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this... Topics: Nuclear War, Atomic Bomb, Radiation, U.S Navy, Civil Defense, Skyraider, Cold, Geiger, Fallout,...
Educational film produced by the Seaboard Air Line Railroad telling the "story of a new South whose roots are embedded deep in the honored tradition of the old." The film shows the economy of the Southeast, including white and African American workers, cities, and daily life, all in the context of railroad business and operations. Produced and directed by Carl Dudley with a script by Herman Boxer.The film incorporates some racist imagery common (unfortunately) to films of this... Topics: railroad, train, South, Seaboard, railway, train, locomotive, racist imagery
In 1964 off the coast of Bermuda, SEALAB I was lowered to a depth 192 feet. This film documents that amazing event. The Sealab I experiment was to test the theories of saturated diving and the ability of humans to live and operate at extreme pressures. The test involved four divers: LCDR Robert Thompson, MC; Gunners Mate First Class Lester Anderson; Chief Quartermaster Robert A. Barth; and Chief Hospital Corpsman Sanders Manning. The top side commander was Captain George F. Bond, also called... Topic: Deep Sea Ocean Exploration
Recounts the 1966 SeaLab II effort, involving ten aquanots who lived in a chamber beneath the sea, under seven atmospheres of pressure. The most famous of the aquanots was Scott Carpenter, who was also one of the original seven Project Mercury astronauts. Includes footage of diving bell, SeaLab I, SeaLab II, crew transfer vehicle, trained dolphins, and practice sessions to recover downed aircraft, sunken submarines and atomic bombs and other weapons. Topic: U.S. Navy educational film.
Featuring Hollywood actor Glenn Ford as its star and narrator, this U.S. Navy publicity film shows the fleet at the height of readiness during the Cold War. Large fleet exercises are shown, in which anti-submarine warfare capabilities are demonstrated, as well as the strategic weapons of this era including nuclear-armed missiles and torpedoes. Some of the featured vessels include: the SS United States, USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), USS Hartley (DE-1029), the Trieste and its tender ship USNS... Topic: U.S. Navy propaganda film.
The Pacific Campaign is recounted in this post-WWII film. Beginning with the Japanese invasion of the China, the film rapidly shows the U.S. entry to the war at Pearl Harbor, and the battles that followed from Guadalcanal to the Phillipines, Marianas, Iwo Jima and Okinawa, and culminating with the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki by B-29s flying from island bases. Topic: U.S. Navy educational film.
"Made just prior to World War II (WWII), this film profiles the Submarine Training School at New London Conneticut. Features footage of new recruits being trained to join the ""silent service"". Submarines picture are the R4 (R-4) and R11 (R-11) boats, which were both R-1 class diesel submarines. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest private military film archives in the USA. All material is film backed and available in HD. To license... Topic: U.S. Navy Submarine Training Film
Created in the 1960s by the Shell Oil Company, "The Fossil Story" explains the importance of fossils to geologists who are searching for oil, and examines the role of paleontologists in interpreting the nature of the pre-historic world. This film was one of a series created by Shell to educate the public about geology, oil exploration, and the petroleum industry in general in this period.Fossils (from Classical Latin fossilis; literally, "obtained by digging") are the... Topics: Oil Refinery, Oil Field, Geology, Paleontology, Dinosaur, Petrolium Industry, Royal Dutch Shell,...
Made in the 1950s by the Shell Oil Company, "Refinery Process" goes behind the scenes at a huge oil refinery to show how crude oil is transformed into finished products. The film uses a combination of animation and live-action to present the story in a simple and entertaining style, how crude oil is separated into major fractions or "cuts". It then describes how complicated molecules are "cracked" into simpler molecules of the lighter, more valuable products by... Topics: Oil Refinery, Shell Oil Company, Distillation, Catalysis, Crude Oil, Vacuum Distillation, Diesel...
Created in the 1960s as the helicopter came into maturity as a transportation method, this fascinating Sikorsky film promotes the use of 'copters to supplement the transportation system and use the broad highway in the sky -- to reduce traffic congestion on the highways and eliminate gaps in efficiency. Chicago and Honolulu are shown -- where helicopters perform critical taxi service -- as well as cities in Europe where helicopters have been employed with great success. A large portion of... Topics: Sikorsky, helicopter, Los Angeles Airways, Sabena, S-61, aircraft
This 1939 sound newsreel vividly shows the sinking of the German heavy cruiser Admiral Graf Spee.Admiral Graf Spee was a Deutschland-class heavy cruiser (originally termed Panzerschiff or armoured ship, sometimes referred to as "pocket battleship") which served with the Kriegsmarine of Nazi Germany during World War II. The vessel was named after Admiral Maximilian von Spee, commander of the East Asia Squadron that fought the battles of Coronel and Falkland Islands in World War I. She... Topics: Kriegsmarine, Graf Spee, River Plate, Uruguay, Montevideo, Royal Navy, Nazi Germany, cruiser,...
Footage of the U.S. Gunboat Panay in Nanking China during the Japanese offensive knows as "The Rape of Nanking." After evacuating foreign civilians, the Panay was attacked and sunk by Japanese aircraft. The so-called Panay Incident almost led to war between the United States and Japan. Also features footage of the warship USS Augusta (CA-31) which served as command ship for the Asiatic Fleet, and the Royal Navy's HMS Ladybird. Topic: Newsreel of US Involvement in China pre World War II (WWII)
This Pan Am Airlines travelogue film "So Small Island" takes viewers on a trip to Japan aboard a Boeing 707 in the 1960s, and shows the "old" Japan of tradition and the "new" modern Japan. It includes a great deal of footage shot in Tokyo and vicinity. There are terrific street scenes of downtown, shopping districts, and the people of Japan. Also seen in the film are images of rural Japan, and the scenic beauty of the home islands as a tourist might have... Topics: Airline, Pan American World Airline, Japan, Mount Fuji, Tokyo, Boeing 707, Narita International...
This short silent German film shows the Solnhofen Plattenkalk, or Solnhofen limestone, a Jurassic Konservat-Lagerstätte that preserves a rare assemblage of fossilized organisms, including highly detailed imprints of soft bodied organisms such as sea jellies. The subject of the film is not about fossils however, but about how the rock is quarried as a source of Lithographic limestone. Lithographic limestone is hard limestone that is sufficiently fine-grained, homogeneous and defect free to be... Topics: Limestone, Printing, Printing Press, Lithographers, Lithographic, Germany, Solnhofen Plattenkalk,...
Made by the U.S. Navy at the height of the Cold War, this film observes current Soviet naval forces and attempts to assess their global reach and strategy. By this time, the Soviets had achieved the world's largest submarine force, and supplemented it with state-of-the-art anti-submarine weapons including the helicopter aircraft carrier Moskva, which is shown in the film. Also shown are various other vessels, including Russian PT boats, Kashin class guided-missile destroyers, and Soviet nuclear... Topic: U.S. Navy propaganda film.
Produced by the Stanley Aviation Corp. as part of their contract for Convair, "Escape and Survive" details the development of the escape capsule for the B-58 Hustler. Convair's B-58 was the first operational supersonic jet bomber capable of Mach 2 flight, and that aspect posed a unique challenge for aircrew survival. The solution was a large crew capsule that would eliminate the effects of wind blast.The B-58 aircraft was designed by Convair engineer Robert H. Widmer and developed... Topics: ejection, B-58, Hustler, Convair, Edwards Air Force Base, supersonic, ejection seat
Produced in 1938 by United States Steel, "Steel: Man's Servant" presents a lavish Technicolor look at the steel industry prior to WWII. Narrated by Edwin Hill and directed by Roland Reed, with amusical score by Robert Armbruster, the 37-minute film typically accompanied a dramatic feature film in release. The film presents mining activities on the Mesabi Range, with an Oliver Iron Mining Co. steam shovel ripping iron ore from the ground at the film's start. The film goes on to... Topics: U.S Steel, Steel, Andrew Carnegie, J.P. Morgan, 1938, Technicolor, Periscope Film, Stock Footage
Produced in the 1950s, "Stop Fires Save Jobs" was produced by American insurance companies as part of an educational program in co-ordination with National Fire Prevention Week. The film was widely screened at corporations and civic clubs across the country in the 1950s and shown as part of Civil Defense preparedness training. The film introduces the common causes of industrial fires and how to prevent them, the concept of flashpoint, classes of fires, and fire extinguishers,... Topics: Fire Safety, Fire Protection Engineering, Fire, Fire alarm, Fire Extinguisher, Industrial Fire,...
The story of Wright Field, Dayton, Ohio, home of the U.S.A.A.F. Material Command, and during WWII the largest aeronautical research center in the world. This WWII film shows the various ways Material Command assists in the design, production and testing of military aircraft and components. Wright-Patterson Air Force Base's origins begin with the establishment of Wilbur Wright Field on 22 May and McCook Field in November 1917, both established by the Army Air Service as World War I... Topics: Wilbur Wright Field, 1917, World War 2, USAF
High Frontier was a private company that promoted space-based strategic defense against nuclear ICBMs. It was founded by Daniel O. Graham, a retired lieutenant general in the U.S. Army who is often called the "father of SDI". This film promotes Graham's initiative: a kinetic-energy weapon that could take out Soviet ICBMs as they flew towards the USA. It seemed plausible enough, but eventually the SDI plan diverged from High Frontier. The final SDI plan as put forward by Reagan's team... Topics: Star Wars, SDI, ICBM, ABM, missile defense, Strategic Defense Initiative, Ronald Reagan
A U.S. Navy training and safety film that in detail covers the procedure a submarine crew would take to make an immediate free breathing emergency bouyant ascent. In other words, how to safely exit a submerged subamrine and get all the crewmembers to the surface without them getting the "bends". The students train at the Submarine Escape Training Tank (SETT), a 100-foot water tower either at the submarine base, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii or at the submarine base, New London, Connecticut.... Topic: U.S. Navy Training Film
This U.S. Navy film shows how a sunken submarine can be raised from the depths using pontoons and air apparatus. Features footage of the salvage vessel USS Hoist (ARS-40), hard hat divers, and animations and footage of a real salvage operation exercise. Topic: U.S. Navy training film.
U.S. Navy training film for submarine crew members, showing how the submarine fleet is organized and how it is serviced from a supply standpoint. Featuring footage of Tench, Balao and Guppy class submarines: USS Sirago SS-485, USS Tusk SS-426, USS Halfbeak SS-352, USS Irex SS-482. Topic: US Fleet Type Submarines.
Shot at the Naval Amphibious School in Coronado, California, this film shows the procedures used by SCUBA divers to exit and enter a submarine through the airlock. The film also features extremely rare footage of the special operations submarine USS Grayback (SSG-574 / LPSS-574) which carried miniature submarines (known as SDVs or Swimmer Delivery Vehicles) in its hangar that could be used by U.S. Navy SEALs for special operations. Topic: U.S. Navy educational film.
This extraordinary color film traces the role of the submariners -- known as the Silent Service -- during World War II in the Pacific. The film begins with a short film-within-the-film featuring Japan's Fleet Admiral Nagano expressing his belief that American submarines crippled the Japanese Imperial Navy. The film goes on to show the construction and manning of fleet type submarines, and some of the astonishing campaigns they waged in the Pacific Theater. Includes footage from the lives of... Topic: U.S. Navy educational film.
Made prior to World War II (WWII) this US Navy submarine recruiting film features footage of the Perch Class, Shark Class, Salmon Class, and Porpoise class submarines. Specific boats include: P-3 USS Shark, P-4 USS Perch, P-1 USS Porpoise, P-6, P-7, P-9, P-9. Also featured: USS Perch SS-176, USS Plunger SS-179, USS Pollack SS180, USS Pickerel SS 177, USS Salmon SS-182, USS Seal SS-183, USS Skipjack SS -184, USS Snapper SS-285, USS Sturgeon SS-187. Topic: U.S. Navy Recruiting Training Film
Produced by the U.S. Navy as a recruiting film, "Summer Incident" starts out in typical fashion following fleet operations but then, about five minutes into the story, a message arrives and -- all liberties are cancelled. The rest of the film shows the preparations for and the landing of Marines in Lebanon in the summer of 1958 to guarantee the sovereignty of that country and protect U.S. civilians. The 1958 Lebanon crisis was a Lebanese political crisis caused by political and... Topics: U.S. Navy, Sixth Fleet, 6th Fleet, United States Navy, 1958, Lebanon Crisis, Lebanon, U.S. 1958,...